On March 15 the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized the Director of the AOUSC to seek legislation to preserve temporary bankruptcy judgeships that will lapse on May 25, 2017.
The Judicial Conference wants to convert 16 temporary bankruptcy judgeships to permanent judgeships in nine districts that have high caseloads. These districts had a 55 percent increase in weighted bankruptcy filings from Dec 31, 2006 until September 30, 2014. If legislative action is not taken, the first bankruptcy judge vacancy that occurs in each of the nine districts after May 25, 2017, will not be filled.
The nine districts include: First Circuit Puerto Rico; Third Circuit Delaware; Maryland, North Carolina Eastern District, and Virginia-Eastern District in the Fourth Circuit; Eastern District of Michigan; and Tennessee-Western District in the Sixth Circuit; Nevada in the Ninth District, and Florida-Southern District in the Eleventh Circuit.